Rock-A-Bye Baby (film)
|Directed by||Frank Tashlin|
|Produced by||Jerry Lewis
Ernest D. Glucksman (associate)
|Written by||Preston Sturges
|Music by||Harry Warren
(songs - music)
(songs - lyrics)
Walter Scharf (score)
|Cinematography||Haskell B. Boggs|
|Edited by||Alma Macrorie|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 16, 1958 (Los Angeles)
July 23, 1958 (New York City)
|Running time||103 minutes|
Rock-A-Bye Baby is a 1958 comedy film with songs, starring Jerry Lewis. A loose remake of Preston Sturges' 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, the film was directed and written by Frank Tashlin, and features Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens and Reginald Gardiner.
Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) is a small-town TV repairman whose former sweetheart, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell), is now a famous movie star. When Carla marries a Mexican bullfighter, who dies the day after the wedding, she becomes pregnant. Her agent, Harold Herman (Reginald Gardiner) tries to avoid a scandal and damage to her career by sending Carla back to the town she grew up in, telling the world that she is going into seclusion to prepare for her next role, the lead in a religious epic called "The White Virgin of the Nile." Carla turns to Clayton for help, and he agrees to care for the child once it is born.
But Carla gives birth to triplets, and Clayton finds out that he has to be married before he can adopt them, so he marries Carla's younger sister, Sandy (Connie Stevens), who is in love with him. The press finds out about the triplets, and Carla tells them that she and Clayton are secretly married. Now suspected of bigamy, Clayton goes into hiding with the triplets until everything is cleared up.
- Jerry Lewis as Clayton Poole
- Marilyn Maxwell as Carla Naples
- Connie Stevens as Sandra Naples
- Salvatore Baccaloni as Gigi "Papa" Naples
- Reginald Gardiner as Harold Hermann
- Hans Conried as Mr. Wright
- Isobel Elsom as Mrs. Van Cleeve
- James Gleason as Doc Simpkins
- Ida Moore as Miss Bessie Polk
- Hope Emerson as Mrs. Rogers, instructor at child care clinic
- Alex Gerry as Judge Jenkins
- Mary Treen as Nurse
- Judy Franklin as Young Clara Naples
- Gary Lewis as Young Clayton
- Two of the original Keystone Kops, Hank Mann and Chester Conklin have bit parts.
- Jerry Lewis' son Gary Lewis plays "Clayton Poole" as a boy in a fantasy sequence.
- A picture of comedian Jack Benny was used as a photograph of "Carlos", the Mexican bullfighter that Carla married, and the father of her triplets.
- George Sanders is listed in some cast lists for the film, but his part was cut out before the movie was released, as was a small part played by Jerry Lewis' father, Danny.
Songs and music
- "Rock-a-Bye Baby" - sung by Jerry Lewis
- "The Land of La-La-La" - sung by Jerry Lewis and Gary Lewis
- "Love Is a Lonely Thing" - sung by Jerry Lewis
- "Dormi, Dormi, Dormi (Sleep-Sleep-Sleep)" - sung by Salvatore Baccaloni and Jerry Lewis
- "Why Can't He Care for Me?" - sung by Connie Stevens
- "The White Virgin of the Nile" - sung by Marilyn Maxwell
- "Rock My Baby, Rock" - sung by Jerry Lewis
Songs and music notes:
- Another song by Warren and Cahn, "Me and My Baby", was written for the film but not used.
- The musical numbers in the film were staged by Nick Castle.
- Because of a musician's strike, Walter Scharf's score had to be recorded in Mexico City in March 1958, and causing union musicians to picket a preview of the film in Los Angeles on 3 June 1958. Some reports maintain that Lewis himself conducted the 100-piece orchestra.
Rock-A-Bye Baby was loosely based on Preston Sturges' 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, which starred Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton, and because of this Sturges received a writer's credit on the film, although he did not actually work on the project.
Rock-a-Bye Baby was filmed from 18 November 1957 through 8 January 1958, and opened in Los Angeles on 16 July 1958, followed by a premiere in New York City on 23 July. It went in general release shortly afterwords. The film was re-released in 1962 on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, Don't Give Up The Ship.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 14, 2012 through the Olive Films company.
- Adams, Les Plot summary (IMDB)
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- Brennan, Sandra Plot synopsis (Allmovie)
- TCM Notes
- Allmovie Cast
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- This is not the song "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" by Jean Schwartz (music) and Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young (lyrics), dating from 1918, with which Jerry Lewis had a Top Ten hit in the 1950s.
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